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Oligomerization in the heat shock protein (Hsp) 70 family has been extensively documented both in vitro and in vivo, although the mechanism, the identity of the specific protein regions involved and the physiological relevance of this process are still unclear. We have studied the oligomeric properties of a series of human Hsp70 variants by means of(More)
NMR spectroscopy plays a major role in the determination of the structures and dynamics of proteins and other biological macromolecules. Chemical shifts are the most readily and accurately measurable NMR parameters, and they reflect with great specificity the conformations of native and nonnative states of proteins. We show, using 11 examples of proteins(More)
It has been suggested that the fluctuations of the alignment tensor can affect the results of procedures for characterizing the structure and the dynamics of proteins using residual dipolar couplings. We show here that the very significant fluctuations of the steric alignment tensor caused by the dynamics of proteins can be safely ignored when they do not(More)
Identifying the cause of the cytotoxicity of species populated during amyloid formation is crucial to understand the molecular basis of protein deposition diseases. We have examined different types of aggregates formed by lysozyme, a protein found as fibrillar deposits in patients with familial systemic amyloidosis, by infrared spectroscopy, transmission(More)
The misfolding of proteins into amyloid fibrils constitutes the hallmark of many diseases. [1] Although relatively few phys-icochemical properties of protein sequences—charge, hydro-phobicity, patterns of polar and nonpolar residues, and tendency to form secondary structures—are sufficient to rationalize in general terms their relative propensities to form(More)
In estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer patients, metastatic relapse usually occurs in the lung and is responsible for the fatal outcome of the disease. Thus, a better understanding of the biology of metastasis is needed. In particular, biomarkers to identify patients that are at risk of lung metastasis could open the avenue for new therapeutic(More)
The partial unfolding of human lysozyme underlies its conversion from the soluble state into amyloid fibrils observed in a fatal hereditary form of systemic amyloidosis. To understand the molecular origins of the disease, it is critical to characterize the structural and physicochemical properties of the amyloidogenic states of the protein. Here we provide(More)
It has been suggested that Phi-values, which allow structural information about transition states (TSs) for protein folding to be obtained, are most reliably interpreted when divided into three classes (high, medium and low). High Phi-values indicate almost completely folded regions in the TS, intermediate Phi-values regions with a detectable amount of(More)
The mechanisms that allow breast cancer (BCa) cells to metabolically sustain rapid growth are poorly understood. Here we report that BCa cells are dependent on a mechanism to supply precursors for intracellular lipid production derived from extracellular sources and that the endothelial lipase (LIPG) fulfils this function. LIPG expression allows the import(More)
Conformational ensembles are powerful tools to represent the range of conformations that can be sampled by proteins. They can be generated by using purely theoretical methods or, as is most often the case, by fitting ensembles of conformations to experimental data that report on the amplitude of protein dynamics. Conformational ensembles have been useful(More)